The Red Umbrella
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About the Author
Christina Diaz Gonzalez based this powerful novel on the experiences of her parents, and of the more than 14,000 other unaccompanied minors who came to the United States through Operation Pedro Pan. This mass exodus of children is a little-known and fascinating piece of history, and Gonzalez has created a story that brings that history vibrantly to life.
Gonzalez practiced law for several years before returning to her childhood passion for stories and writing. The Red Umbrella is her first novel.
Christina Diaz Gonzalez lives in Miami, Florida, with her husband and two sons. You can visit her on the Web at www.christinagonzalez.com.
A Top Ten Indie Next List Pick
An ABA New Voices Selection
The Florida Book Award Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult Literature
A Latina Magazine Book of the Year
A Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year
A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year
A CCBC Choices Book "A remarkable debut novel." -San Francisco Book Review "The memorable heroine and supporting cast offer a moving portrait of resilience and reinvention." -Publishers Weekly "Through Lucia's captivating voice, readers travel in time. . . . Gonzalez enters the literary scene with this exceptional historical novel that portrays the beginning of the Cuban exodus." -Kirkus Reviews "Based on the author's parent's story, Gonzalez's first novel captures the heart-wrenching, personal drama of family separation." -Booklist
"Through the eyes of (the) likeable young narrator, readers will understand a compelling part of history. Kudos to Christina Diaz Gonzalez for sharing her family's story, and for telling it so well." -The Christian Science Monitor